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terminus definitions

WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

1: a place where something ends or is complete [syn: end point, endpoint, termination, terminus]
2: the ultimate goal for which something is done [syn: destination, terminus]
3: (architecture) a statue or a human bust or an animal carved out of the top of a square pillar; originally used as a boundary marker in ancient Rome [syn: terminus, terminal figure, term]
4: either end of a railroad or bus route
5: station where transport vehicles load or unload passengers or goods [syn: terminal, terminus, depot]

Merriam Webster's

noun (plural termini or -nuses) Etymology: Latin, boundary marker, limit more at term Date: circa 1617 1. a final goal ; a finishing point 2. a post or stone marking a boundary 3. either end of a transportation line or travel route; also the station, town, or city at such a place ; terminal 4. an extreme point or element ; tip <the terminus of a glacier>

Oxford Reference Dictionary

n. (pl. termini or terminuses) 1 a station at the end of a railway or bus route. 2 a point at the end of a pipeline etc. 3 a final point, a goal. 4 a starting-point. 5 Math. the end-point of a vector etc. 6 Archit. a figure of a human bust or an animal ending in a square pillar from which it appears to spring, orig. as a boundary-marker. Phrases and idioms: terminus ad quem the finishing-point of an argument, policy, period, etc. terminus ante quem the finishing-point of a period. terminus a quo the starting-point of an argument, policy, period, etc. terminus post quem the starting-point of a period. Etymology: L, = end, limit, boundary

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Terminal Ter"mi*nal, n. (Railroads) (a) The end of a line of railroad, with the switches, stations, sheds, and other appliances pertaining thereto. (b) Any station for the delivery or receipt of freight lying too far from the main line to be served by mere sidings. (c) A rate charged on all freight, independent of the distance, and supposed to cover the expenses of station service, as distinct from mileage rate, generally proportionate to the distance and intended to cover movement expenses; a terminal charge. (d) A town lying at the end of a railroad; -- more properly called a terminus.

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Terminus Ter"mi*nus, n.; pl. Termini. [L. See Term.] 1. Literally, a boundary; a border; a limit. 2. (Myth.) The Roman divinity who presided over boundaries, whose statue was properly a short pillar terminating in the bust of a man, woman, satyr, or the like, but often merely a post or stone stuck in the ground on a boundary line. 3. Hence, any post or stone marking a boundary; a term. See Term, 8. 4. Either end of a railroad line; also, the station house, or the town or city, at that place.

Collin's Cobuild Dictionary

(termini) On a bus or train route, the terminus is the last stop, where the bus or train turns round or starts a journey in the opposite direction. N-COUNT

Soule's Dictionary of English Synonyms

n. [L. pl. Termini.] 1. Boundary, border, limit, term, mete. 2. Term, terminal figure. 3. End.

Moby Thesaurus

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